Located on the southern coast of Madeira, nestled in lush landscape and boasting one of the only sandy beaches on the island, Calheta is an extremely popular destination for an alternative Portugal holiday. Another benefit of a holiday in Calheta is the fact it's only a short 30 minute drive to the capital of Madeira, Funchal, which means you ca have both the relaxing beach stay whilst also making the most of Madeira's incredible capital.
Boasting superb scenery, a pleasant climate and lovely beaches, whether you’re a sun worshiper or a foodie, Calheta promises to become you new favorite destination. Book a cheap deal on flights an all inclusive hotel in Calheta and you won’t be left wanting.
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- Time Zone: GMT +
- Average flight time: 3h 30m
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For a big hit of culture on your holiday to Calheta, as well as a perfect break from the sun, head to the Casa das Mudas Arts Center. Set against a picturesque backdrop of towering cliffs and blue ocean, the landmark is as much an attraction for its exterior as it is for the fabulous art collection housed within. You'll also fine remnants of the original colonial history of Madeira with the old sugar cane factory.
Dine on barbecued sardines and fresh snapper, or some spicy chicken washed down with chilled white wine for a real taste of Madeira. For those of you feeling in the need of a bit of outdoorsy activity of those keen to burn off some holiday calories, head inland to Rabaçal. Explore the supremely stunning 25 Fontes and Cascada da Risco, myriad of hiking trails and a splendid waterfall make up this picturesque attraction. Book in with a guide to guarantee the best views.
Boasting one of the few sandy beaches on the island, Calheta beach is extremely popular and a great place to entertain all the family. An abundance of nautical activities operate from the beach and canoes and windsurfs are available for hire.
Alternatively if you’re keen to escape the crowd on your holiday to Calheta, head south along the coast to Madalena do Mar in the Ponta do Sol area. This picturesque beach has all the necessary facilities and none of the crowds. The crystal clear waters are extremely calm and perfect for swimming and you wont ever have to fight for the volleyball net.
If you’re a keen surfer or just a keen surfing spectator, you’ll love Jardim do Mar, to the north of Calheta. This picturesque beach, sandwiched between mountain and ocean, is one of the islands most beautiful and is home to world-renowned surf.